Blogs for March 2013

For that personal touch in baby’s room… create a mobile!

Preparing a warm and cozy room for a soon-to-arrive newborn – whether it’s your own baby, a grandchild, a niece or nephew, or even a godchild or a friend’s baby – is an especially magical moment! Adding something personal to this warm, snug space is quite often the final touch! You could write baby’s name on a wall or hang a picture that you create… or why not make a mobile?

Mobiles are always a nice addition to baby’s room – they’re a great source of entertainment and visual stimulation for the little one. People generally choose to buy a musical motorized mobile that they place over baby’s crib. If you already have one there, dare to be different: Install a second mobile, in the same colour theme as the first, above the changing table. Your baby will spend a lot of time, while on that table, gazing upwards!

 

Materials needed:

-          Steel wire (must be strong enough to hold a certain shape)

-          Thread (must be stouter than sewing thread) in a shade that goes with the mobile’s colours

-          Cardboard of various hues

-          One thumbtack (or a darning needle)

-          A small jar of acrylic paint that matches the colours of the mobile.

Throw a party while waiting for the stork!

Spring is often referred to as the season of birth… and celebrating a new life is a great reason for a party! Why not have a baby shower? Although they’re usually “just for girls”, there’s nothing wrong with a mixed crowd, that is to say, including the men as well. For another unique twist, you could divide the guests into two teams – males versus females – when it’s time for the games.

 

Shower Party. Source : Pinterest

Shower Party. Source : Pinterest

 

Although a mom-to-be could organize her own baby shower, it’s always more fun when her girlfriends do it… and even more so if it’s a surprise. Since I like to plan parties and I love surprises, I often volunteer to organize my girlfriends’ baby showers. A certain amount of planning is needed to make sure it goes off without a hitch:

1)      Step 1: Choose a date. Ideally, the shower should be held before the guest of honour enters her 8th month of pregnancy.

2)      Next, put together a list of potential guests. For an occasion such as this, feel free to combine groups of friends, immediate family members, the spouse’s family, co-workers, etc. After all, it’s a party for the mom-to-be.

Do something new with the old, part 3

 

As described in the previous two blog posts, breathing new life into your furniture by giving it that personal touch is quite a simple process. Changing the handles or applying stickers can be done fairly quickly. Our final suggestion, though, takes a little more time!

If your furniture just “doesn’t do it for you” anymore and changing handles or applying stickers is also unappealing, why not go with a colour change? Yes, that’s right – give your furniture a brand-new colour!

Changing the colour of your furniture can really impact how you use it! Take a look at the before/after images below – clearly, a little girl’s chest of drawers can easily be transformed into something for a little boy, and vice versa.

 

5-Drawer Chest from our Summer Breeze Collection

5-Drawer Chest from our Summer Breeze Collection

 

4-Drawer Chest from our Logik Collection

4-Drawer Chest from our Logik Collection

Here’s what you need:  

- An electric sander (or just some sandpaper). Both coarse and finer sandpaper (to create a nice, smooth surface for priming)

-          Primer (same as the type used on walls)

-          Paint (in a colour of your choice, same as the type used on interior walls)

-          A brush

-          A small roller

 

#1: Start off by thoroughly sanding the surface you intend to paint.

Do something new with the old, part 2

You’re probably familiar with wall stickers – those increasingly popular accents for various types of décor. Did you know that you can also apply them to furniture? Give your pieces a whole new look – you can opt for classical, zany or colourful.

Sources: Mondrian style furniture, clothe  stickers on dresser.

We tried out the concept for you using two of our chests – one each from the Logik and Summer Breeze collections. All you need to do is visit an arts and crafts store, or any other big box retailer, and buy some stickers based on a theme that interests your child.

Note that some stickers, depending on their quality, are not very adhesive – so you have to make the right choice.

Another thing to keep in mind if you’re about to discard the piece of furniture in question: Some stickers, once applied, will not come off. Be forewarned!

Wall stickers are often easier to remove, whereas stickers created for no specific purpose other than to decorate your child’s diary, for example, are hard to take off and leave traces of glue behind… in some cases, they won’t come off at all!

Measure the flat surface of each drawer and divide the sticker using this dimension.